Golden Ridge Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,003' 306 m
Descent: -973' -296 m
High: 3,293' 1,004 m
Low: 2,452' 747 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“"Golden" riding experience with good climbs and downhills with good footing that is doable for mortals.”— Will Exum
Then, the back 4 miles is singletrack on an old forest service access road with trees growing on it (gravel under there somewhere). There is only about a quarter mile of pedestrian singletrack with about 4 switch backs.
Golden Ridge Trailhead Direction: If you start into the gated Golden Ridge Trailhead from the Golden Ridge Trail parking, then you'll need to look for where the singletrack trail sharply cuts back left up the steep hill about 1.75 miles in on the gated forest service access road. A brown fiberglass NF trail marker "Golden Ridge Trail" has had too many limbs fall on it and is half leaning against a tree at that point which makes it hard to see. Keep your eyes peeled because you could easily miss it and just keep riding on the forest service access road.
Lower or Eastern Forest Road access direction: If you start in from the lower gated access off FSR 467 (near where FSR 467 crosses over Big Hurricane Creek tributary) then you'll need to look for a left and then ride up the hill grade climb split about 3-3.5 miles in. You'll know you're about a quarter of a mile away from the split when you hit the point where you can see the place that bush hog tractors turn around.
Land Manager: USFS - North Carolina National Forests Office
May 12, 2019: Pine Cliff Fire in Craven County contained
May 2, 2019: Brushy Ridge Trail Reopens